Chicago Bears (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 14, 2014, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -7 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The San Francisco 49ers host the Chicago Bears for NBC’s Sunday Night Football in week two.
The Chicago Bears lost their home opener against the Bills, 23-20 in overtime as a 6.5 point favorite. Quarterback Jay Cutler was active on the day completing 69% of his 49 passes for 349 yards with two TD’s and two interceptions. Running back Matt Forte led all receivers with eight catches for 87 yards to complement a 17 carry day for 82 yards as the feature back. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a productive outing with eight catches for 71 yards and a touchdown and Alshon Jeffery (5 rec, 71 yards) and Martellus Bennett (8 rec, 70 yards, TD) also contributed to what looks like a potent offensive unit.
The Bears defense was gashed on the ground in the opener conceding 193 yards on 33 carries (5.8 yards per carry). The Chicago defense also only mustered one sack in the opener, which could spell trouble against a mobile quarterback in this contest. The Bears were just 3-5 on the road in 2013 with a porous defense largely to blame.
The San Francisco 49ers overcame a series of defensive injuries in week one to obliterate the Cowboys 28-17. QB Colin Kaepernick was effective completing 16/23 passes for 201 yards and two TD’s as Anquan Boldin led all pass catchers with eight receptions for 99 yards. Vernon Davis also grabbed four balls for 44 yards as the offense slowed down after amassing a 28-3 lead in the first half. On the ground Frank Gore had 16 carries for 66 yards and Carlos Hyde made the most of his minutes adding 50 yards on seven carries.
The 49ers defense was supposed to be weakened by injury and suspension in week one but someone forgot to tell the players filling in as the team picked off Tony Romo three times, recovered a fumble, and registered three sacks. The 49ers did allow the Cowboys to average 5.5 yards per carry on the ground though which could be a factor in this matchup with another solid feature back in Matt Forte.
The 49ers are the better team here but I see the Bears having enough weapons on offense to do battle if they can avoid killing themselves with turnovers.